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Creation of this "Place"

I've created this "place" on this website since I've been making observations here recently. I will likely add other places locally in the near future such as Cooper, Willet, and other Mountain Home parks. For more details about me, see my profile on this website or my own website as sedgehead with the dot and com added. I'm a semi-retired botanist and ecologist turned freelance writer and editor. I have been to China four times since 2014 and started adding observations there based on old and 2019 photos recently. My interest in this website is its wetland nature. Sadly, it appears some of the wetland has been filled in to make soccer fields.

Nevertheless, I found two new Carex species to the county here last spring, Carex pellita and Carex squarrosa. This is significant because I have fun saying I am the world's expert on Arkansas Carex species having collected thousands of specimens in Arkansas and identified more than 7500, bringing the number of taxa in Arkansas from 88 to 131 recognized in the state. I did my master's thesis (1991) on the vascular plants of Baxter County and previously found 61 taxa in the county. Adding two new tax in one day to the county flora surprised me; this means this site is unique to the county because this supports these species found no where else in Baxter County despite extensive searches.

I've recently developed an interest in dragonflies and damselflies, as indicated by my observations here and elsewhere. At age 67, I don't expect to live forever, so I encourage others to become co-managers of this place on this website! Unfortunately, all of the current 41 observations made here are mine.

I've come to dislike places named after people so I don't use the official name for this place! Such is life!

Publicado em 24 de agosto de 2019, 04:06 AM por sedgehead sedgehead | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds.

We partnered with citizen science platform iNaturalist to make a map of bird observations. SciFri Book Clubbers spotted over 200 species of birds across the U.S., and from as far away as New Zealand! Check out the full map. Plus, it’s not too late to join the project!

https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/scifri-book-club-one-for-the-birds/

Publicado em 24 de agosto de 2019, 01:44 AM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2019-2020 upland game bird stamp.

The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Entries will be accepted from Nov. 18 through Dec. 6.

https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/artists-sought-for-california-upland-game-bird-stamp-art-contest-4/amp/

Publicado em 24 de agosto de 2019, 01:33 AM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Nantucket - August 2019

Early Thursday morning Max, Michael, and I headed down to Hyannis to board the earliest ferry to Nantucket. We tried birding on the ferry, but didn't get too much apart from the occasional jellyfish in the water, although the boat was moving too fast to photograph them. When we reached land, we were greeted by Skyler and Will. Those of us who hadn't met previously shook hands and started to get to know each other. Old friends picked up where they left off.

Eventually we headed out of town towards the West side of the Island. En route to Jackson Point, we talked and listened to songs from countless different musicals, everyone just happy to be in the company of each other. When we arrived at Jackson Point, there wasn't much in terms of Passerines, so we headed out to Esther Island. There were some decent species of shorebird including Whimbrel and Western Willet. A Peregrine was also flying around looking for a meal. Some Tiger Beetles scurried along the beaches as we walked further along the island. Huge numbers of Black Tern flew around and rested on the flats. Sanderlings, Semipalmated Plovers, Piping Plovers, and other shorebirds added to the numbers. Later on, we got to the ocean-side of the beach. The waves were bigger there and a thick layer of fog could be seen. Soon after we arrived on the ocean-side, Michael shouted out "Cliff Swallows!" We all looked as quickly as possible and could spot 5 individuals darting off into the fog. I quickly snapped a photo of the last one before it too, was consumed by the fog. We rested for a few minutes near the roaring waves, and waded in a bit, enjoying the cool water as it rushed in and out.

After Esther Island, we headed North to Eel Point. There wasn't too many species of note at this location apart from the Jellies that we had to watch out for while wading through the water. On our way back to the car, the sand was extremely hot and burned our feet. There was no alternative route, so our only option was to fight through it, because it was too far to run the entire way.

A few minor stops later and we had made it to the Serengeti. Although quite far away from its African counterpart, Nantucket's "Serengeti" greatly resembles the landscape of the African Savannah, hence how it got its name. Apparently in the 1800s, the Serengeti was more or less a shortgrass prairie. It's very different in the present, with the ground covered in scrub oak and trees dotted around the area. This prairie-like habitat was perfect for Eskimo Curlew and, unfortunately, Eskimo Curlew were perfect for hunters...
We checked a large area of the Serengeti thoroughly in an attempt to locate Ring-necked Pheasants, but only found a couple of Merlin. After walking through brush for an hour and a half, we decided to take a break at Skyler's house for a while.

It was getting late in the afternoon, so we decided to head for Milestone Cranberry Bogs. We searched for rails and anything else we could find, but to no avail.

In the middle of the cranberry bogs, we talked and just had a wholesome hour or so watching the sun set together. On our walk back to the car, the calls of Helmeted Guineafowl echoed through the bog.
We got into the car and headed to a few pull-offs to listen for Barn Owl. We didn't end up hearing any, but at our last stop the sky was in clear view, and with our windows open I could look straight up at the stars. Due to light-pollution and/or a cloudy sky at most places I'd been throughout my life, I'd never payed much attention to the stars, and never got a good view. That is, until that evening. Thousands and thousands of bright stars dotted the sky, thicker in some areas than others. Something about them attracted my gaze, and I just couldn't pull my eyes away. I was staring straight up at the sky, but I was perfectly content, more content than I can ever remember being. I had just spent the day exploring this beautiful island with some amazing people, and now we were sitting in what seemed like perfect silence on the side of a road. It felt like an eternity that I stared up at those stars, but I wanted to remember that moment. It was the perfect evening to a perfect day at the end of the summer, and I didn't want to forget a second of it.

We got back to Skyler's house soon after that last stop. We said goodbye to Will since Skyler would be driving him back to where his family was staying on the island. For some reason it felt like I wouldn't see Will again, even though we'd just met that morning, and I'm sure our paths will cross again at some point. It was a bit sad because I knew our time on Nantucket was ending, and we'd be leaving early the next morning, but I was still extremely content with our time there, and happy to spend it with friends. Skyler drove Will home and Michael, Max, and I went to bed. I didn't sleep well that night but it didn't matter, as I still felt that strange indescribable tranquility.

In the morning, Skyler saw us off at the ferry. And again, for some reason, it felt like I wouldn't see him again, even though we'd definitely go birding together in the future. As the boat drove off, I stared back at Nantucket, happy to be going home, but sad to be leaving it behind. Eventually, the island disappeared into the distance, but I'm sure I'd be seeing it again soon.

Publicado em 24 de agosto de 2019, 12:10 AM por francistbn francistbn | 4 observações | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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NHMU BioBlitz Opportunity - 8/24/19

Greetings NHMU BioBlitz friends!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is hosting a Neighborhood Naturalists BioBlitz tomorrow 8/24 from 10am-2pm. We will be at the Backman Community Open Space (an undeveloped open space just west of the Jordan River, and Backman Elementary School). You can find us at: 578 Riverside Drive, Salt Lake City, 84116 (more info in the link below).

This open space is slated to see some infrastructure updates starting this fall and into 2020, including a bridge over the Jordan River, and a complete overhaul of the open space, turning it into a formal City Park.

Before construction begins, we are collecting baseline data to inform the city about the current biodiversity of the site, to influence future management of the space. We hosted a bioblitz here earlier in the summer, and are back to get more data! We could use your help documenting the species living in this open space!

Come engage with the NHMU Citizen Science staff and other iNaturalist enthusiasts, and hep us catalog the biodiversity of Backman Open Space!

https://nhmu.utah.edu/events/august-24-jordan-river-SLC-neighborhood-naturalists

Hope to see you there! Feel free to share with all you think might be interested.

@dinav @cody49 @usee @pwildwise @tiff789 @chad_w @bfox81 @cbills @benmarolf @lkaili @lcthompson @sarah1990 @utahopenlands @zak @maybedre @tigerbb @dprasad @stefmonkey @maggiekasten @kendalscott

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 08:45 PM por elleneiriksson elleneiriksson | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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NHMU BioBlitz Opportunity - 8/24/19

Greetings Utah iNaturalist Community!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is hosting a Neighborhood Naturalists BioBlitz tomorrow 8/24 from 10am-2pm. We will be at the Backman Community Open Space (an undeveloped open space just west of the Jordan River, and Backman Elementary School). You can find us at: 578 Riverside Drive, Salt Lake City, 84116 (more info in the link below).

This open space is slated to see some infrastructure updates starting this fall and into 2020, including a bridge over the Jordan River, and a complete overhaul of the open space, turning it into a formal City Park.

Before construction begins, we are collecting baseline data to inform the city about the current biodiversity of the site, to influence future management of the space. We could use your help documenting the species living in this open space, including Firebugs!

Come engage with the NHMU Citizen Science staff and other iNaturalist enthusiasts, and hep us catalogue the biodiversity of Backman Open Space!

https://nhmu.utah.edu/events/august-24-jordan-river-SLC-neighborhood-naturalists

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 08:10 PM por elleneiriksson elleneiriksson | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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BioBlitz opportunity 8/24/19

Hello Spider Fest iNaturalist users!

For anyone interested in continuing the BioBlitz fun, I wanted to invite you to NHMU's Neighborhood Naturalist bioblitz tomorrow 8/24 from 10am-2pm. We will be at the Backman Community Open Space (an undeveloped open space just west of the Jordan River, and Backman Elementary School). You can find us at: 578 Riverside Drive, Salt Lake City, 84116 (more info in the link below).

This open space is slated to see some infrastructure updates starting this fall and into 2020, including a bridge over the Jordan River, and a complete overhaul of the open space, turning it into a formal City Park.

Before construction begins, we are collecting data to inform the city about the current biodiversity of the site, to influence future management of the space. We could use your help documenting the species living in this open space!

Come engage with the NHMU Citizen Science staff and other iNaturalist enthusiasts, and hep us catalogue the biodiversity of Backman Open Space!

https://nhmu.utah.edu/events/august-24-jordan-river-SLC-neighborhood-naturalists

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 07:37 PM por elleneiriksson elleneiriksson | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Croatia - iNaturalist World Tour

We're in Croatia for the 61st stop on the iNaturalist World Tour! The top observer, @ribabo, has observations clustered around the city of Karlovac south-west of the capital of Zagreb. The second top observer, @morton1905, has observations clustered around the port city of Rijeka, the third-largest city in Croatia. A fair number of other observers activity is clustered here such as @botanico, @danieleseglie, and @paolapalazzolo. The third top observer, @antonjo has observations clustered around the second-largest city of Split along the coast to the south along with others such as @paul_luap and @missnarjess. Several visitors such as @jakob and @drbh2o have observations up and down the coast of Croatia. @nina_12's observations are clustered around the city of Stinjan in the northwest. @spela focuses on Mediterranean fish and has many observations along the coast. @juke-saps' observations are clustered around the city of Ogulin and @ivanhumljani's observations are clustered in the eastern part of the country.


The pattern I described yesterday for Ireland seems to apply here as well: observations ramped up in the summer of 2018 to around 1,000 observations per month and has since doubled to around 2,000 observations per month this summer. Its interesting that most of the top observers seem to be Croatian residents, as opposed to visitors. But as far as we're aware there aren't any institutions in Croatia using iNaturalist. How is word spreading?


In addition to being the top observer in Croatia, @ribabo is also the top identifier and leads in plant, insect, and fungi identifications. @danieleseglie, based in Italy, leads in amphibian and reptile identifications. It's interesting that there are more amphibian and reptile observations in Croatia than bird observations. @ldacosta and @khaledayyach are neck-and-neck for most bird identifications. Thank you to all the other top identifiers of Croatian observations such as @jakob and @simontonge!


What can we do to help the Croatian community on iNaturalist thrive? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@ribabo @morton1905 @antonjo @jakob @botanico @drbh2o @nina_12 @danieleseglie @ldacosta @simontonge

We’ll be back tomorrow in Vietnam!

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 06:29 PM por loarie loarie | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Есть 600 наблюдателей!

В подмосковном проекте большой день - сегодня к нам добавился 600-й наблюдатель!

Это отличная новость. Отрыв Москвы от Подмосковья составляет всего три человека. Впрочем, это всё очень умозрительно, поскольку большинство участников сделало хотя бы одно подтвержденное наблюдение и в столице, и в области.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 05:50 PM por apseregin apseregin | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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John Muir Trail in September

I'm walking the JMT in September and taking my camera.
Any requests for species to watch for?
Taking a fly rod also, hoping to "collect" a few fish.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 03:18 PM por chauncey chauncey | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Analysing iNat data

While I haven’t done it with iNaturalist data, if you are trying to start doing data analysis on large datasets I suggest learning some python. Packages in python such as Numpy, Pandas, Scipy, Scikit-learn and Matplotlib go awfully far for data analysis.

I suspect it is possible to use pyinaturalist 3 and the API reference 1 for getting data out of iNaturalist as well, but it seems like you were already able to extract to excel already. https://pypi.org/project/pyinaturalist/ https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/api+reference Data analysis and visualization is really a field of its own. There are many different software applications, like R, python, etc, but you really need to have a working knowledge of these programming languages. If you’re only familiar with Excel, that might be the best place to start. There are not any programs specifically for easily working with iNat data.

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/analysing-inat-data/6001/3

https://pypi.org/project/pyinaturalist/

https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/api+reference

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 02:55 PM por ahospers ahospers | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Project updates and new banner image!

We've had a very successful mothing season, with lots of new species seen in the state and several new members who are submitting observations on a regular basis!

iNaturalist has two different types of projects and I decided to convert this project from a "traditional" to a "collective" project. What this means for you is that you no longer have to add each of your observations to the Moths of Oklahoma project; they will automatically be collected if they are seen in Oklahoma and fall within the moth taxonomy. This also means that we're not missing any observations. It does make the project look a little different, if you're used to viewing it in a web browser.

I've also taken this opportunity to institute a new idea for the banner image of the project. Each month I will change out the banner image with a new moth photo from one of our observations over the last month. Due to the layout, I will look for photos that are wide, or that could be rotated to fit the space nicely. For consistency, I will keep the icon image for the project the same, but the banner image will get a makeover every month.

Our first new banner image is a Deep Yellow Euchlaena (Euchlaena amoenaria) photographed by Anna Bennett (@annainok). This is an excellent photo, capturing fine details of a really beautiful moth. This species is found in eastern Oklahoma and has been observed several times this year in the state. Anna's photo will be the banner image for the next month. In the last week of September we'll select a new image from recent observations.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 02:29 PM por zdufran zdufran | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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El INABIO lanza la plataforma iNaturalistEC que promoverá la cultura de la observación, registro y divulgación de la biodiversidad en Ecuador

El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO) lanzó este 22 de agosto la plataforma iNaturalistEC, parte de la red iNaturalist, un proyecto de ciencia ciudadana y red social online de naturalistas, científicos y ciudadanos en general basada en el concepto de mapeo e intercambio de observaciones de biodiversidad a través del mundo. Se puede acceder al proyecto a través de su sitio web ecuador.inaturalist.org o directamente desde sus aplicaciones móviles.

iNaturalistEc promoverá en el Ecuador la cultura de la observación, registro y divulgación de la biodiversidad. Con esta plataforma se podrá conocer más acerca de las plantas, animales, hongos y otros organismos que existen en nuestro país.

Diego Inclán, Director Ejecutivo del INABIO, señaló que todo aquel interesado amante de la naturaleza puede utilizar esta herramienta de ciencia ciudadana y además contribuir al fortalecimiento de la investigación científica.

“La ciencia ciudadana es una nueva forma de cultura que permite unir la participación de la sociedad con la actividad científica. iNaturalistEc nos permitirá tener información suficiente para entrar en la meta de conservación, alimentar bases de datos, hacer monitoreo y saber cómo cambia el estado de la biodiversidad”, dijo.

De su lado, Tony Iwane, representante de iNaturalist, señaló que cada observación puede contribuir a la biodiversidad de la ciencia. “Compartimos las observaciones con repositorios de datos científicos como el Global Biodiversity Information Facility para ayudar a los científicos a encontrar y utilizar esos datos. Todo lo que hay que hacer es observar”, expresó.

En este sentido, Tony Iwane entregó a Diego Inclán el Acuerdo firmado entre la Academia de Ciencias de California, National Geographic e INABIO, en el que se detalla que el INABIO acepta convertirse en miembro de la Red iNaturalist y operar su Puerto de enlace de Ecuador.

Además, con este Acuerdo se le otorga al INABIO el acceso a la infraestructura compartida de la Red y participación en el Comité de Miembros de la Red iNaturalist; acceso a datos de ubicación privada a restringida; y el acceso a la información de contacto del usuario del Nodo de Enlace en Ecuador, únicamente para los fines de las comunicaciones relacionadas con el Nodo de Enlace de Ecuador.

iNaturalistEc, que es parte de la red de iNaturalist.org, ha registrado en el Ecuador aproximadamente 182 mil observaciones representando cerca de 11500 especies, confirmando el crecimiento exponencial de la actividad que empezó a finales de 2018 con proyectos como el #RetoNaturalista2018 y el #RetoNaturalistaUrbanoTena2019.

El lanzamiento de iNaturalistEc coincide con la conmemoración del Día Internacional de los Parques Nacionales, fecha en la que el INABIO y el Ministerio de Ambiente, con el apoyo del “Programa Cooperación entre Ecuador y Alemania para la investigación orientada a la aplicación sobre Biodiversidad y cambio climático – CoCiBio” y GIZ, desarrollarán la “Maratón de la Biodiversidad, Vamos a los Parques Nacionales” que se desarrollará el 24 y 25 de agosto, en los 13 Parques Nacionales del Ecuador.

Fuente de la noticia: http://inabio.biodiversidad.gob.ec/2019/08/22/el-inabio-lanza-la-plataforma-inaturalistec-que-promovera-la-cultura-de-la-observacion-registro-y-divulgacion-de-la-biodiversidad-en-ecuador/

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:24 PM por panchoprieto panchoprieto | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Anacostia River BioBlitz at Kingman Island

Hi all!

Our third AWS-run bioblitz will be on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park in northeast, Washington, DC.

More information here: https://anacostiaws.salsalabs.org/92819anacostiariverbioblitzkingmanisland/index.html

Hope to see you there (and/or your observations/identifications): @jmgconsult, @belyykit, @hholbrook, @mellis, @treichard, @carrieseltzer, @stephen220, @treegrow, @woodcut55, @mstrecker, @abookb, @tminatbe, @tsn, @erininmd, @lotteryd, @maxallen, @mmn_noriko, and all the great naturalists out there!

Aloha,

Jorge

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:17 PM por anacostiabiota anacostiabiota | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Observing For Our Project

High Quality Observations

Examples Of High Quality Observations

What does a high quality observation look like? Here are a few observations that meet all of the requirements we ask for:
Example Observation 1) Polycera hummi
Example Observation 2) Ipomoea pes-caprae



Observation Requirements For This Project

This is what we require for observations submitted to this project:
1) Appropriate Identification: You need to make an identification that is to (at minimum) the Kingdom level. If you have a general idea of what you're posting, go ahead and include it. That could be as broad as "bird" or "plant." Many people helping identify observations on iNaturalist will filter the observations by the group of species they know how to ID (like birds or plants), so observations with a blank ID or incorrect ID will be excluded from those filtered searches. Putting in a general ID helps funnel your observation to someone who might know what they're looking at so that it can get identified more quickly. Also, please don't add joke or otherwise false identifications on iNaturalist.
2) Accurate Date and Time: Contains an exact date and time when the observation was made. Note that your observations must be made after the start of the semester. Older observations will not be accepted.
3) Multiple, Clear Photos: An observation should have multiple photographs (if possible) of the organism that are high quality, and show key characteristics such as coloration, texture, and (if present) reproductive structures.
4) Accurate Location: Contains a precise location with coordinates that are within Florida and are not private. If you are concerned about revealing the location of a sensitive organism (or where your house is), you can hide the exact location from the public by changing the "geoprivacy" of the observation to "obscured", but please do not make your observation "private".
5) Detailed Description: Each observation must include a description for the observation that includes a visual description of organism, the habitat in which the observation was made, and a reference. The visual description should include shape, size, color(s), behavior, and (if present) reproductive structures. At least one reference (such as a website or field book) is provided that contains a description of the organism.
6) Wild Organism: Observations for this project cannot be cultivated, captive, domesticated, feral, dead, and / or a specimen. iNaturalist is primarily about observing wild organisms.

Low Quality Observations

Multiple Observations For One Organism

One organism = One observation. Avoid adding multiple observations of the same organism. Also avoid adding an observation with photos of many different organisms. Each observation should be about a single species.

This is the same alligator, but the photos are spread out over two observations. These observations need to be combined into one.

What Is Being Observed Here???

If your photo is too zoomed out, it may be unclear what you are observing. Here the user is observing a lichen, but which lichen? There are multiple lichens in the photo, but it is unclear which lichen they would like identified. It's helpful if you can crop the photo more closely to the subject. Cropping usually makes it easier to get an identification too.

There are multiple lichens in this photo! iNaturalist could not identify an organism beyond the Kingdom level because it was not clear what organism the observation was about.

Captive, Cultivated, Domesticated, Dead, Feral, and Specimens

For this project you must avoid observing captive, cultivated, domesticated, dead, feral, and specimen organisms.

Cultivated

This is cultivated plant. Signs of a cultivated plant include maintenance on and around the plant, such as pruning, sprinkler systems, and mulch. We are not interested in cultivated organisms for this project.

Dead
Anyone home? If the answer is no, then this organism cannot be submitted to our project. We are only interested in organisms that are still contributing to the biodiversity of Florida.

Captive, Domesticated, and/or Feral
For our project we are not interested in organisms that are not wild, which includes those that are captive, domesticated, and/or feral. This is a Domestic Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata var. domestica). It is domesticated, so it is not an acceptable observation for our project.

Specimen

Did you observe the organism in our lab? Then it was probably a lab specimen. These organisms are cultivated and cannot be submitted to our project.

Questions?

Are you not sure if your observation meets the requirements for this project? Please leave a comment on this journal post or contact your professor.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:13 PM por marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Common Habitat Types Found In Florida

Coastal

Located along the coastline, this habitat is dominated by communities adapted to life along the sea where wind and salt spray shape the environment.

Marine and Esturaine

These ecosystems occur along coastlines and include subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones.
Estuarine communities may temporarily exhibit freshwater conditions during periods of heavy rainfall or upland runoff or marine conditions when rainfall and upland runoff are low, but generally are areas within which seawater is significantly diluted with freshwater inflow from the land. Marine habitats are those areas without significant freshwater inflow. Common marine and estuarine wetlands are:
- Salt Marsh
- Salt Flat Mangrove Swamp
- Buttonwood Forest Keys Tidal Rock Barren

Freshwater

These ecosystems are characterized by aquatic ecosystems containing freshwater. Freshwater habitats come in many different forms in Florida. Common freshwater habitats are:
- Rivers and Streams
- Ponds and Lakes
- Non-Forested and Forested Wetlands
These freshwater habitat types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these habitat types and sub-types can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.

Forests

This is an ecosystem whose flora is characterized by a large number of trees. Forests come in many different forms in Florida. Common forest types are:
- Hardwood Forested Uplands
- High Pine
- Pine Flatwoods
These forest types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these forest types and sub-types can be found on the catalog of UF Forest Ecosystems and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.

Prairies

Prairies are treeless, open grasslands, many of which are seasonally inundated with water. These prairies contain communities of low shrubs and grasses occupying vast, level expanses in three major areas north and west of Lake Okeechobee in south-central Florida. Common prairie species in Florida are saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), dwarf live oak (Quercus minima), dwarf wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera var. pumila), and dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa; Carr 2007).

Scrub and Sandhill

These are dry, sandy habitats found away from Florida's coastline.
Scrub is a community composed of evergreen shrubs, with or without a canopy of pines, and is found on dry, infertile, sandy ridges. These are Florida's desert and possess well-drained, loose “sugar sand”. Common scrub species are shrubby oaks like Florida rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides) and sand pine (Pinus clausa).
Sandhill is characterized by widely spaced pine trees with a sparse midstory of deciduous oaks and a moderate to dense groundcover of grasses, herbs, and low shrubs. Sandhill occurs on the rolling topography and deep sands of the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain. Indicator species of sandhill habitats are longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), turkey oak (Quercus laevis), and wiregrass (Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana).

Urban

Primarily absent of any natural habitats and are often dominated by manmade habitats (such as manmade planters).

Disturbed

A location that was impacted by human activity in the past, but may be in a state of remission. Natural succession in these locations are interrupted regularly or frequently. Disturbed habitats around USF include roadsides and vacant lots.

More Information

More information on the habitats of Florida can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory: https://www.fnai.org/natcom_accounts.cfm. Note that many of the descriptions here come from Florida Natural Areas Inventory.
Note that this is not a full list of the many habitats found in Florida, but is instead an introduction to common habitats you may encounter.
Please keep in mind that a growth form is not the same as a habitat. A lichen may be epiphytic and grow on the side of a tree, however, for this project the tree is not considered its habitat. To determine the habitat, observe the other organisms that dominate the community in which you found the organism.


Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:12 PM por marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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How to add and observation to our project

Add an Observation Using the iNaturalist App

Using the IOS App (iPhone)
https://youtu.be/X0DZmhd-1no

Using the Android App

Video coming soon!

Add an Observation Using the iNaturalist Website

https://youtu.be/tNJCuLYRpOU

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:10 PM por marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Observing Wildlife for iNaturalist

Welcome to our class project!
If you are new to iNaturalist, please be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide and the Help pages. These will walk you through some of the main features of the site and answer many of your questions. Be sure to also check out the iNaturalist Community Guidelines for information on what iNaturalist considers acceptable behavior on their site.
If you are ready to start observing, please keep the following guidelines in mind:


Being a Good Naturalist

It is very important that you do not disturb any wildlife. For your own safety and the safety of the organism, do not touch the organism you are observing. Be aware that some organism, such as threatened species, may be legally protected against harassment (including touching and picking up the organism). Other organism may harm you if touched (such as plants that can cause skin reactions like poison ivy). Some organisms may be provoked if you approach them or their offspring. Keep a safe distance from the organisms you are observing and be aware of your surroundings. Safety is a priority.
Do you recognize this plant? It is poison ivy!


Public

iNaturalist is a public site. Do not upload images that break iNaturalist Terms and Services or violate Copyright Laws. Do not take identifiable photos of yourself. It is ok to include your hands, feet, and clothing in your photos, but please do not include full photos of yourself or others in observations.
For example, it is ok to include your hand in a photograph. In this photo the naturalist carefully lifted up this sea grass for a better photo of the sea slug eggs.


Observe Wildlife

For this project avoid taking a photo of a captive, cultivated, domesticated, dead, and feral organism. Also, only observations within the state of Florida made since the beginning of this semester can be added to this project.
Take multiple, clear photos at different angles. The photo quality needs to be high enough that the organism can be identified.
Document key information including the time and date at which the observation was taken, the habitat in which your observation was made, visual characteristics of organism, and other important information (behavior, presence of a symbiont, etc.).

Wild sea slug Elysia papillosa from multiple angles.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:07 PM por marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Online ID Guides

Before Making An Identification

Before you make an identification for your observation, be sure to do two things:
1) Check out the "Identifying Organisms" tab on the Getting Started Page
2) Do some research on what you think you saw using the free online guides below.


Free Online Guides

Having trouble identifying an organism? Think you have the correct ID but need some resources to verify it? These free online ID guides can help you!

All Life

Encyclopedia of Life
Catalogue of Life
Integrated Taxonomic Information System
NCBI

Plants

General Plant Guides
Atlas of Florida Plants
The Plant List
Florida Invasive Plant Species
USDA
Florida Native Plant Society
Discover Life Plant ID
Vascular Plants
General Vascular Plants
Plants of the World Online
What Tree Is That? Online
UF Trees of Florida
Ferns
UF - An Overview and Informal Key of the Ferns of Florida (PDF)
Florida Native Ferns: Ptropical Pteridophytes (PDF)
Discover Life - Ferns
Gymnosperms
Common Pines of Florida (PDF)
Angiosperms
Southeastern Flora ID
Nonvascular Plants
Bryophyte Flora of North America
Guide to the Identification of North American Mosses


Fungi and Lichen

Fungi
Mushroom Observer
USF species project - Florida Fungi
Mushroom Expert
MycoBank Database
Field Guide to Common macro-fungi in Eastern Forests (PDF)
Species Fungorum
Index Fungorum
Lichens
Ways of Enlichenment
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria
Key for Florida Lichens (PDF)

Animals: Radiata, Porifera, Protostomes

General Animal Guides
Animal Diversity Web
General Marine Guides
World Register of Marine Species
Reef Guide
FWC Marine Invertebrate Guide
Picture Guide to Gulf of Mexico Invertebrate (PDF)
Sponges
Reef Guide-Sponges
Corals
Reef Guide – Soft Corals
Reef Guide – Stony Corals
Mollusks
MolluscaBase
Florida Reef Mollusks
Applesnails
Terrestrial Mollusc Tool
Insects
General Insect Guides
Bug Guide
Insect Identification - Florida
Bug Identification Key
Ants
AntWeb
Mantids
Mantodea Species File Online
Stick and Leaf Insects
Phasmid Species File Online
Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
Orthoptera Species File Online
Caterpillar, Butterfly, and Moth
A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada
Discover Life Caterpillar ID
Spiders
World Spider Catalog
Spider ID
Project Noah-Arachnids
Myriapoda
ChiloBase
MilliBase

Animals: Deuterostomes

Echinoderms
Reef Guide-Sea stars
Reef Guide-Sea Urchins/Cucumbers
Marine Fish
FishBase
FWC Freshwater Fish Guide
FWC Saltwater Fish Guide
Space Coast Saltwater Fish ID guide
Sharks, Skates, and Rays
Skates and Rays
Florida Museum Skates and Rays Species Profiles
Sharks and Rays
Reef Guide–Sharks and Rays
Sharks
Florida Museum Field Key to Atlantic Shark Species
Amphibians
Amphibian Species of the World
Florida Museum Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles
Reptiles
General Reptiles
The Reptile Database
Snakes
Florida Museum Snakes Identification Guide
Birds
The Clements Checklist
Florida Ornithological Society-Official Florida State Bird List
FWC Bird ID Guide
Central Florida Backyard Identification
Mammals
General Mammals
IUCN Red List
FWC Florida Mammal Guide
Marine Mammals
Reef Guide

Protist

Diatoms
Diatoms of North America
Amoebozoa
International Society for Testate Amoeba Research
Discover Life - Slime Molds
Algae
Reef Guide – Algae
Florida Gulf Coast University Algae ID guide (PDF)


Become An Even Better Identifier

Want to become an even better identifier? Here is where you can find tips to become a better identifier: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/lets_id_some_arthropods

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:03 PM por marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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17 место

Костромская область не спеша, но уверенно продолжает продвигаться вверх по рейтингу.
21 августа выйдя на 17 место, опередив Калужскую область.
На утро 23 августа для территории Костромской области есть 2678 (+137) находок 466 (+10) видов, сделанных общими усилиями 22 (+1 !) натуралистов и определенных 172 экспертами.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 04:47 AM por max_carabus max_carabus | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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White-cheeked rosella confirmed as vector of Elaeagnus

Caught with a berry in its beak, the lone bird perched on an Elaeagnus branch amidst impenetrable honeysuckle was unperturbed by our proximity, and continued to quietly select berries to eat:
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/31043948

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:19 AM por kaipatiki_naturewatch kaipatiki_naturewatch | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Watch: Great White Sharks Swim Close to Oblivious Surfers.

Matt Larmand shot the video off Capistrano State Beach in Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, For The Win reported. According to Larmand, the drone-cam viewfinder detected about five sharks during the film session between 12 p.m. PDT and 5 p.m. PDT.

https://www.geek.com/news/watch-great-white-sharks-swim-close-to-oblivious-surfers-1801211/

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:14 AM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Nature News: Lounging With Lizards.

There are many different types of reptiles living in the warm climate of Southern California, but some of the most common are the lizards that share our area, such as the Western fence lizard.

http://ramonajournal.com/nature-news-lounging-with-lizards-p10187-88.htm

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 01:02 AM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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news

lets see our plant I will be looking for the best plant so check for your best plants. I will be looking.

Publicado em 23 de agosto de 2019, 12:07 AM por gabriel11s gabriel11s | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Stumps removed

This is the time of year to clean up the orchard and care for the health of the trees before fall leaf drop. Our orchardist, Phil Doetsch, is removing the stumps from trees that were identified as dead this year.

We are not sure about the reason for this tree mortality and are interested in hearing your thoughts. There have been challenges in getting enough water to the trees at the right time. The spray irrigation system is outdated and is in need of replacement with a drip irrigation system.

If fungal pathogens are affecting the root systems, it is possible to deliver appropriate treatments through a drip irrigation system. We will be exploring the possibility that ring nematodes and a bacterial canker are a problem. These pathogens were highlighted as a problem in the Los Altos Apricot Orchard Management and Guidelines written in 2006.

The orchard (2.84 acres) has room for 144 trees. In 2006, 41% of the trees were over 5 years old and 135 new trees were planted in 2005. In 2019, 100 new trees were planted. We need to do another inventory to get a snapshot of the current age structure of the trees.

One hundred new trees have been ordered for planting in the winter (January). The Blenheim variety have been grafted on a hardy rootstock (Nemagard) and will arrive in bare root form.

Publicado em 22 de agosto de 2019, 11:21 PM por jmpackard jmpackard | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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BioBlitz Results- 112 species!

At the Apricot STEM Fair at the Los Altos History Museum, expert and budding naturalists identified 112 species in and around the apricot orchard on June 30, 2019. Here is a link to the iNaturalist project page:

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/apricot-stem-fair-bioblitz?tab=observations

Publicado em 22 de agosto de 2019, 10:55 PM por jmpackard jmpackard | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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What’s Killing Sea Otters? Scientists Pinpoint Parasite Strain.

Genetic Link Found Between Deadly Pathogen and Wild and Feral Cats on Land.

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/whats-killing-sea-otters-scientists-pinpoint-parasite-strain/

Publicado em 22 de agosto de 2019, 10:53 PM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Welcome!

In response to the heartwarming support for our Heritage Orchard, I will start posting here exciting news as the year unfolds. Together, we will learn about the care of the apricots and all who live in the green space of the Los Altos Civic Center and Los Altos History Museum gardens.

Signs announcing our civic pride and explaining the history of this Los Altos Landmark were posted recently. Over 80 citizens joined our mayor, Lynnette Lee Eng in celebration of support for the orchard.

Here is a link to an article written by Robin Chapman:

https://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/community/177-features/60416-santa-clara-valley-lives-an-apricot-orchard-serves-as-a-sign-of-the-times

Publicado em 22 de agosto de 2019, 10:46 PM por jmpackard jmpackard | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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October 4-6 Bioblitz at Timberlake Biological Field Station

The spring 2019 bioblitz at Timberlake was tons of fun. Between May 17-20, 18 observers made 5,379 observations of 1,103 species! https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2019-05-17&d2=2019-05-20&place_id=118103

Several folks attending the spring bioblitz asked for a fall get-together, so we have one scheduled for October 4-6. All the details are here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cmBB7JuZvEu1iIWFNmWKAQrf2Mj6itnSRUGIte03-nw/edit?usp=sharing

Timberlake Biological Field Station is in Mills County, between Lampasas and Brownwood, on the Colorado River.

Highlights from the spring bioblitz: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LoKVe3raOSmtJXrrswuohVzQdgHieuUd

Publicado em 22 de agosto de 2019, 10:37 PM por pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 16 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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